Leicester Tigers have defeated Newcastle Falcons 60-7 in round four of the Premiership Cup at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.
Tigers’ forwards were in a mood from the first whistle, dominating at the set-piece and piling on the pressure in defence.
McKellar’s pack would open the scoring off the back of a rolling maul, Liebenberg the one to touch down.
Clare would get the honours off the next drive, Tigers’ brutality in the collision across the team proving too strong for Falcons in the early exchanges.
The visitors just couldn’t get into the contest and Leicester began to look ominous with ball in hand as well as in-tight.
Playing with advantage after a demolishing scrum, the ball popped out inside Newcastle’s 22-metre area and Powell pounced at the opportunity, scooping and scoring Tigers’ third try and his first for the club. Flyhalf Charlie Atkinson converted to make it 17-0.
The points continued to fly, centre Guy Porter diving over in front of the Crumbie Stand off a deft pass from Powell.
After the slick attack came more punishment at the maul, prop Francois Van Wyk sneaking over before Clare got his second five-pointer.
Powell would round out the first half with his second of the day, the Australian scooting with speed to beat the Falcons defence. Clare found the range to make it 39-0 at the break.
Falcons were always going to come out firing in the second forty, and the visitors got their name on the board through hooker Jamie Blamire.
Tigers managed to stem the flow of Newcastle’s attack however, and slowly worked their way back into the ascendency before Liebenberg restored the Tigers cushion from close range.
Atkinson’s conversion made it 46-7 with just over 20 minutes to play.
A dogged Newcastle side never gave up the fight, but Leicester continued to press, particularly at scrum time as Tigers’ replacements looked to finish the job on a high.
Number eight Matt Rogerson capped an impressive performance with his first Tigers try to bring Leicester’s tally beyond 50 before replacement scrum half Tom Whiteley put the icing on the cake with a cracking effort out-wide.
Atkinson converted the pair to make it 60-7 and that’s how it would finish.